It’s a friendship that began in the fall of 1971 when six young ladies enrolled in LSU and pledged Delta Zeta sorority. The next year, one more pledged, and so began a lifelong friendship for the “Yaya7,” Heidi Holstead Mahaffey, Bobbie O’Keefe Dyer, Jonelle Cooper Budden, MaryJane Neuner Riley, Patti Kleinpeter Hart, Rita Gill Lemoine and Nancy Nafe Lemann.

After many years of regular reunions, things were put on hold for a while due to Covid. But, the Yaya7 met in October 2021 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, celebrating 50 years of friendship! Some drove, some flew, but everyone made it. This trip included hiking, visiting and learning about the legend of The Blowing Rock, the swing bridge at Grandfather Mountain, beautiful frescoes, Linville Falls, Little Switzerland and, of course, lots of shopping. Everyone agreed that the time just went too fast.